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Rocket Launch


Our dedicated team is devoted to uplifting and empowering underserved communities. By utilizing our unique skills, passions, and experiences, we are shape the work of our Nonprofit Organization to best serve those who have been structurally disadvantaged. We will always strive to craft programs that reflect the demands of the communities that we serve. Meet some of our incredible leaders below!


Co- Executive Director

Fares Ali is a proud Egyptian , native Nashvillian and a graduate of Antioch High School. Having grown up with two different cultures, Egyptian and American, Fares strives to emphasize the importance of different perspectives in the world. Fares has already started this passion project by initially co-founding LAUNCH with his friend and fellow Antioch alumnus Eric. 

Fares graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2022 and is currently pursuing his JD at Harvard Law School.


Co- Executive Director

Eric Licona is a proud Mexican-American with a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Robotics and Automation from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Growing up in and around construction sites, Eric developed a love for working with his hands which led him to his passion for engineering. Throughout his time at Antioch High School, he grew frustrated with the lack of support given to students and vowed to do something about it. Along with Fares, Eric co-founded LAUNCH  to put his thoughts and frustration into something productive and meaningful. He hopes to grow LAUNCH into a national program that can help students in need across the United States. 

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